- On July 17, 2020
In late May, Governor Jarod Polis lifted the ‘Shelter in Place’ order enabling many businesses, including our dental office, to reopen. Prior to reopening, dental offices were issued reopening guidance from both the Colorado Dental Association (CDA) and the Center for Disease Control (CDC).
To protect your children, yourself, and our staff, Junior Smiles has implemented these guidelines and will highlight how some of them work in our office.
Keeping Distances Operating Procedures
To promote physical distancing between patients and staff Junior Smiles is operating at 50% capacity. In most instances we will ask you to wait in your car and call the office once you’ve arrived in the parking lot. In the event waiting is required inside the office, there are clear floor markings, so people know exactly where to stand to maintain social distance.
New operating procedure: Greeting You in the Parking Lot
When you arrive at our office we want you and your child to remain in your car until a staff member asks you to enter our screening area (We are using a new door, so please read all door signs carefully!). You will be asked some screening questions, have your temperatures taken, and then we will escort your child into the office.
We ask that only one parent can come into the office with child if they wish. When you enter the office both you and your child must wear a mask covering your nose, mouth, and chin.
Staff Are Dressed for Safety
You will notice all staff members are wearing new personal protection equipment (PPE) that includes gowns, masks, face shields and gloves depending on the type of visit your child is scheduled for. The equipment protects your child, yourself, and our staff.
Cleaning and Treatments
Most of our exams and cleanings are done in our hygiene bay where treatment chairs are a minimum of six feet apart.
You may also notice that we have modified cleaning procedures in the hygiene bay to use only hand scalers and manual toothbrushes to prevent any kind of aerosol generation.
Aerosol Generating Instruments
Aerosol Generating procedures results when there are any airborne particles. Common treatments include fillings, sealants, and crowns.
All aerosol generating instruments are only used in closed door rooms wearing disposable gowns with face shields and head coverings. Upon completion of the procedure we leave the room empty (to allow aerosols to settle) for the CDA and CDC’s recommended time before anyone enters the room again for disinfection.
Taking Safety Seriously
At Junior Smiles we take safety seriously. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call us. We are happy to answer your questions.